Ever tried so hard to be liked or loved? Knowing that no matter how hard you try, nothing seems to work? You have glimpses of the love you seek but it is never quite enough. Love is consistent, it is safe and it is kind. You can tell how someone loves you by the way you feel when you are around them. Love allows you to really like who you are in that person’s presence. We know people have challenges of their own which render them less likely to be able to freely give love, but should we make their…

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I was so excited about my New York work trip with my partner. I decanted creams into small pots, dusted off adapters and bought a few bits from Zara. I had 10,000 words of my book left to write. And a couple of meetings with some fabulous media folk. I booked restaurants and museums for the day we had off and could not have been more excited. But after our first meal and some questionable prawns, all of my plans were thwarted. I wasn’t looking up at the Empire State Building lit up against the inky sky.  I was head…

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  There are days when I don’t feel good enough. When the cross of high self-imposed expectations becomes a heavy cross to bear. . On days like these I try to fill the void with Netflix, fashion or food. Of course none of these fixes work to fill the ‘good enough shaped hole’ inside.   We can turn to the past and blame the inconsistent/tough parents we tried to please by being the ever ‘obedient child’. Always making sure everything and everyone was ok. Or perhaps the memory of a disapproving and critical ex who was never happy no matter…

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Start off the day right with one of the best coffees in town. Stumptown has several branches all over America. Once you have your coffee in hand take a look around the lobby of the ACE Hotel. It has a bar with cozy lounge seats and sofas and rugs. If you get up early enough head down with a friend to the Riverwalk, the best way to access it is around Canal Street. I got down there at 6.30am just in time to see the awesome sunrise with the famous Steamboat the Natchez in the foreground. Love this Mardi Gras…

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I have the wanderlust! After years of only travelling out of necessity or for a yearly Summer break, I feel an intense need to travel and explore the world. But instead of looking far a field for my first trip, I decided to start on my own front door step. Cambridge! I have started this new thing it is called ‘getting to places early’. It gives me a chance to have a look around rather rushing through life and missing the beautiful things like the two pictures below. The 20-tonne bronze statue called ‘The Meeting Place;  is actually at St Pancras across the…

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